The Department of Art and Art History supports the statement from the Graduate School acknowledging the disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand the challenges students have been facing, and are dedicated to recruiting and supporting diverse, talented students, employing holistic application review processes and supporting students when they arrive on campus. If you have any questions regarding your personal circumstances, please reach out to us at art.grad@colorado.edu


Applicants to the MA Art History program must submit an application to the Graduate School and satisfy both the basic graduate school requirements for admissions into a master's program and the department-specific requirements. Please review the Graduate School’s minimum admissions requirements, and prepare your supporting documents before beginning your application. You will need to upload and submit all of the documents at the same time.

It is important to indicate within your application an art history faculty member you intend to work with during your time at CU Boulder. This will help the department get your application directed toward the correct program. 

Art History Faculty

Domestic applicants: December 30

International applicants: December 1

*Applications received after this deadline and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

For the admission into our Master's program in Art History, we expect the following:
  • Bachelor's degree from an approved university or college, with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • GRE & TOEFL/IELTS
    • Permanent US residents: The Department of Art and Art History will not review GRE scores in its evaluation of permanent US residents’ graduate student applications. However, if you wish to be considered for certain merit-based fellowships through the Graduate School, you must submit GRE scores with your application. 
    • International students: International students applying to our graduate program must submit GRE scores and also meet the English Proficiency Requirements as outlined by the Graduate School.
  • An extensive background in art history
  • A broad general background in history, literature and philosophy

For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university. ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts.

Three letters of recommendation are required. During the application process, you will be asked to provide the name and email address for your recommenders, who will be asked to upload their letter directly to the graduate school’s application system.

This is where you describe the goals and objectives you would like to reach while in our graduate program.

This is usually a paper that you have written for an undergraduate art history class.

A $60.00 non-refundable application fee ($80 for international applicants) must accompany each application for CU-Boulder graduate degree programs. The fee must be paid online with a credit card, in order to complete the application.
We accept up to 9 applicable graduate-level credit hours from other universities and colleges, if such credits have not been used for any other degrees. If you have such unused, applicable graduate-level credits, you will be able, usually in the second semester of your studies, to submit a transfer of credit form, attaching official transcripts from other institutions. The form and transcripts will then be reviewed by your academic advisor, departmental Curriculum Committee and the Graduate School.

For inquiries specifically related to the Art History program:
Annette de Stecher, Director of Graduate Studies for Art History

For all general inquiries, application questions, and to schedule a tour contact:
Graduate Program, art.grad@colorado.edu

Department of Art and Art History
University of Colorado, 318 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0318

The department’s own resources include fellowships and teaching and non-teaching part-time positions:

Graduate Assistant (GA) and Teaching Assistants (TA)

  • TAs teach 3 recitation sections of World Art 1 & 2, a large introductory art history course
  • GAs provide assistance in the department (e.g. the Visual Resources Center)

Each of these types of appointments comes with a salary, 5 (GA) or 15 (TA) credit hours of tuition remission per semester and 80% health insurance premium through CU-Boulder.

There is no separate application form for departmental support but applicants are encouraged to express their interest in GA or TA appointments in their personal statement of purpose accompanying the application. Decisions regarding departmental support are made at the time of admission.

Non-departmental financial aid at CU-Boulder is handled through the Office of Financial Aid.

Advisors in the Department of Art and Art History are responsible for supervising and approving a student’s curriculum while in the program. It is vital for students to communicate pro-actively with their advisor throughout their time at CU. It is strongly encouraged prior to each registration period that students visit with the director of graduate studies in art history to discuss their upcoming course load.

Questions about requirements may be addressed to the director of graduate studies for art history, the student’s faculty advisor, or the graduate program coordinator.

Registration: Enrolling in Courses You can enroll in classes through MyCUInfo and by using the class search tool during your assigned enrollment appointment. You will be notified by email of your enrollment appointment. See the Academic Calendar for specific dates and deadlines.

Viewing Your Enrollment Period: Click Your Enrollment Dates in MyCUInfo. The Enrollment Appointments table lists your appointment begin time, appointment end time and the maximum number of units in which you may enroll. Students who do not register by the third Friday in the fall or spring semester are assessed a $100 late- registration fee.

Adding and Dropping Courses After Registration: Students may add and/or drop courses through MyCUInfo, without penalty, during the drop/add period (i.e., at the beginning of each semester). Students will not be charged tuition for courses dropped during this time, and dropped courses do not appear on their transcript. After the last day to add a class in MyCUInfo, all added classes require the instructor’s signature on a Special Action Form (available at the instructor’s home department). Instructors usually only approve an add for students who have been attending regularly and in classes with space available.

Leaves of Absence: Students are allowed four years to complete the two-year degree program. Students who must interrupt studies for a compelling reason—i.e., a medical condition—may be granted a leave of absence. Information on leaves of absence. If you are already an employee of the University of Colorado, you may be eligible for the Employee Tuition Benefit.

Art & Art History Department Contacts for the Graduate Program

Department of Art and Art History
University of Colorado, 318 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0318
General email: finearts@colorado.edu

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